In 1948, Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer designed and built — along with fellow architects Carlos Coire and Eduardo Catalano — the Parador Ariston in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar de Plata, Argentina. Formerly remembered as the well-known Ariston Restaurant, the building’s overall shape and form — designed to hold social gatherings, dances and cocktail parties — is inspired by a four-leafed clover to provide maximum glazing and natural sunlight, with its main space elevated a single level with curved walls. However, sadly the building today stands abandoned, deteriorated in ruins, neglected, and covered in graffiti. Continue reading The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…
In this month’s architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the iconic Farnsworth House, designed by legendary architect, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. Continue reading The Farnsworth House – Doc’D #45
At almost 52 years since it was completed, Chicago’s Marina City Complex — designed by Bertrand Goldberg — has been declared an official architectural landmark. This comes after a 48-0 vote by the City Council, and now the complex of buildings will be given their official designation nine days from now on March 16, according to a report from The Architect Magazine. Continue reading Chicago’s Marina City Complex is NOW an Official City Landmark!
Well ladies and gentlemen, it seems as if it’s time to punch yet ANOTHER hole in the card for demolished modernist architecture buildings in the U.S. A few weeks ago, The PractitioNERD covered the demolition of Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama on the grounds of the Battle of Gettysburg by the National Park Service, and now the Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, IL will be meeting a similar fate. The hospital, erected in 1975, features truly innovative and awe-inspiring rounded concrete cantilevers that hover above a steel and glass base. Continue reading Brutal Modernist-style Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago To Be Demolished